The Radio Times logo

Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed

  • Documentary and factual
  • 2021
  • Joshua Rofé
  • 93 mins

Summary

Bob Ross brought joy to millions as the world's most famous art instructor. But a battle for his business empire cast a shadow over his happy trees.

Advertisement
Powered By
IMDB

Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Bob Ross became a hugely popular fixture in the 1980s and 90s thanks to his TV show The Joy of Painting, but who was the "oil-paint missionary" really? This illuminating documentary reveals his time in military service, where Ross was stationed in Alaska, the inspiration for many of his landscapes. But it was his characteristic hair, easy charm and avuncular approach to painting gorgeous vistas that rewarded Ross with 31 series of his 30-minute programme, and transformed him into the world's most famous art instructor. Director Joshua Rofé here merges talking-heads with archive film to familiar effect, but he also adds tension by using Ross-like illustrations to reveal the murkier, off-camera dramas involving the artist's legacy and his business partners, the Kowalskis. Much of the narrative is channelled through Bob's close friends and his son Steve, so the film is inevitably a tad one-sided, but it leaves no doubt that the man was an inspiration for his numerous fans.

How to watch

Loading

Streaming

Credits

Crew

rolename
DirectorJoshua Rofé

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Colour
Advertisement

RadioTimes.com is getting better. Fresh new look, redesigned programme hub, richer content…

FIND OUT MORE
Advertisement

Sponsored content